Institutional and Corporate Risk

Comprehending the corporate risk landscape, particularily in emerging and frontier economies, is key in order to create resilient and sustainable organisations in a volatile environment. We help organisations to develop and adopt robust risk frameworks and to pursue safely their business operations shielded from jurisdictional, regulatory, compliance, sanction and contentious matter risk based on our deep understanding of target market challenges.

Investment and Market Entry Strategy

Entering new markets and establishing a presence in a non-familiar jurisdiction can be challenging and risky. We assist investors and new market entrants to define and implement their optimal market entry strategy appropriate to their needs and objectives taking into consideration critical target market risk factors, restrictions, limitations as well as oppurtunities. Our profound insights into the dynamics of applicable jurisdictional risk, compliance, regulatory and economic factors allow us to render accurate and relevant advisory services to our clients.

Business Expansion and Growth Strategy

Business expansion and developing effective growth strategies depend not only on the micro and macro economic environment but also on other specific external factors such as inherent jurisdictional and regulatory limitations impacting business expansion policies of organisations. We help our clients to understand target market regulatory framework, economic drivers, government policies and political trends from short-, mid- and longterm perspective to enable informed and sound decision making. The gathering and assessing of vital business intelligence supports our clients efficiently in their decision-making process.

Corporate Structuring and Restructuring

Building the right corporate structure and restructuring obsolete or incomplete structures is key for organisations to remain agile and competitive in the market. We advise organizations on their corporte (re-) structuring requirements in line with local jurisdictional and regulatory frameworks and best practice to suit optimally their particular business structures, growth ambitiones and protect against organizational and external risks.

Corporate and Family Governance

Developing and adopting practical relevant corporate and family governance frameworks is essential in often challenging emerging and frontier markets to maintain resilient, sustainable and accountable organisations. We help to develop and integrate based on the concrete organisational needs effective corporate and family governance structures enabling proactive, transparent, responsible and efficient governance frameworks and .

Family Business Succession Planning

Family businesses constitute in most of the emerging and developing countries the backbone of the local economy. Preservation and nurturing of family businesses sucessfully throughout generations is difficult and requires prudent and proactive management skills and an early adoption of appropriate family succession frameworks and processes as the foundation of a sustainable and resilient family business for succceeding generations. We help family businesses in designing and implementing customized family succession frameworks and governance structures addressing among others portfolio mangement policies, dynamic family forums and policies, robust ownership and holding structures, comprehensive family constitutions, active wealth management frameworks and a forward-thinking succession planning to enable family businesses to flourish for future generations.

Company Secretary Services & Board Risk

Building a compliant and effective company board requires often external resources such as professional advisors and non-executive board members. We support organisations in establishing highly effcient, dynamic, responsible and compliant boards and committees by assisting as non-executive board members and external corporate advisors. We can add value by providing concrete advisory services to critical corporate or institutional risk matters and thereby create awareness and uncover risk to relevant agenda topics and improve significantly the decision making processes.

Legislative and Jurisdictional Risk

The legislative landscape in emerging and frontier markets is often subject to quick changes due to fast evolving political, socio-economic landscapes, cultural shifts and changing government policies and strategies. For safe navigation in quickly evolving legislative environments and changing legal frameworks organisations need to understand and adopt robust and agile management structures and risk frameworks and apply appropriate resources to mitigate potential risk. We help organisations to anticipate and manage legislative and jurisdictional risk and to adopt practical risk frameworks and build up relevant resources to avoid potential regulatory and inherent jurisdictional pitfalls.

Contentious Business Risk, Strategic Risk Advice and Mediation

Litigation procedures are time consuming, expensive and often affect negatively existing (business) relationships with respective partners or customers. Therefore, it is important to exhaust all available tools to manage or if possible prevent contentious matters through strategic negotiations, settlements and mediation to preserve valuable partnerships and customer relationships. We support organisations to understand and manage potential contentious business risk and strategize negotiations, settlement discussions and mediation to mitigate the risk of contentious matters and potential litigation risk. In case litigation is unavoidable, we assist clients in strategizing, preparing and planning optimally litigation procedures along with legal litigators based on profound litigation investigations, evidence examination and collection of intelligence to the facts of the case to support legal litigators and to achieve best possible outcome of the lawsuit for our clients.

Due Diligence for M&A and JV Transactions

A meticulous and thorough due diligence process is vital for all M&A or JV transactions but even more critical in emerging and frontier markets where crucial information are often not easily available or accessible and require particular local expertize in order to uncover or extract relevant data. We help our clients to gather and analyse critical information from competent and legal sources highly relevant for specific transactions and thereby safeguard the interests of our clients. This helps to structure optimally client transactions and to addresss comprehensively uncovered risks and concerns at an early stage enabling sound decision-making whether to proceed or to abstain from a M&A or JV transaction.

Regulatory, Compliance and Trade Sanctions Risk

The regulatory, trade sanction and compliance environment in emerging economies are evolving quickly due to rapid political changes and abrupt shifts in government policies and strategies. Organizations need to be on top of regulatory transformations which often require them to adopt quickly and proactively relevant trade sanction and compliance frameworks within their overall risk managment function to mitigate significant compliance risk. Our team supports organizations to understand and define applicable regulatory, trade sanction and compliance risk and to design and integrate robust and comprehensive compliance frameworks in clients organizations which help to prevent or mitigate the impact of risk.

Compliance and Trade Sanction Training

Adopting effective compliance frameworks is only part of a robust compliance program. Comprehending and preventing diverse trade sanction and compliance regimes such as UN, EU and US sanction programs, AML, anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation, among others, during daily business conduct help to mitigate such risk at an early stage and to prevent and manange compliance risk effectively. We provide specific trade sanction and compliance trainings for our clients based on their needs and particular business requirements to educate and create awareness for key stakeholders and relevant employees to strengthen compliance frameworks within organizations.

Internal Investigations and Preservation of Evidence

In the event compliance risk has materialized a formal investigation is required to determine whether applicable laws, rules, regulations or internal company policies were violated and if corrective or legal actions need to be taken in subject matter. Our team assists organizations in coordinating and conducting internal investigations and assist with the preservation of evidences to enable our clients to build solid legal cases later on in court of law.

Business Partner due diligence and Background Screening

Before organizations enter into contractual or business relationships and/or initiate a M&A or JV transaction it is essential to conduct a thorough business partner due diligence and background screening of potential corporation or business partners, future shareholders, beneficial owners or customers to mitigate best possible reputational or compliance risk and to prevent serious consequences such as exposure to criminal investigations and prosecution, listings on international or internal compliance screening lists and/or loosing longterm business relationships. We help our clients to conducting thorough business partner due diligence and background screening on potential business partners, stakeholders or customers in full confidentiality to safeguard client’s organizations from reputational risk.